Palestinian Killed in Gunfire Exchange With Israeli Army Outside West Bank Refugee Camp

The Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli security forces during an attempted arrest near Balata refugee camp by the city of Nablus

Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury
Palestinians clash with Israeli troops during a rally against settlements near Nablus, last week.
Palestinians clash with Israeli troops during a rally against settlements near Nablus, last week.Credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/ REUTERS
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

A Palestinian was killed overnight Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire with Israeli troops at the entrance to the Balata refugee camp, adjacent to the West Bank city of Nablus.

The man was identified as Bakir Mohammed Hashash, and according to his brother, he has been wanted by Israeli security forces for a long time. The shootout occurred when Israeli security forces tried to arrest him and he resisted, Hashash's brother said.

An Israeli military statement said that security forces came under fire and “killed one of the terrorists.”

The shooting came less than two weeks after a Palestinian was seriously wounded by Israeli army fire in the West Bank village of Burqa amid protests against settler activity in the nearby outpost of Homesh.

Last month, a 31-year-old Palestinian was killed by Israeli security forces in Nablus, with police saying he was shot in response to explosives being thrown at them during an arrest. Last month also saw Israel arrest 11 students at An-Najah University in Nablus, alleging that they were involved in activities in support of Hamas.

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